Adapting for the Physically Challenged

Adaption for the Physically Challenged

 

One reason for remodeling is the need to make room for an again parent or other family member with special needs.  Before you build that addition or convert your attic, basement, or other spare room into living quarters for a loved one, ask yourself these questions:

  • Ø Is the person in good health or physically challenged?  Physically challenged individuals may have difficulty with some or all the following functions:  walking, standing, sitting, lifting, grasping, hearing, and seeing.
  • Ø If she or he is ailing, who will be the primary caregiver?  If you and your spouse work all day, will you need a visiting nurse or other specially trained person to help you?  Will that person be hired as a live-in?  If so, where will he or she sleep?
  • Ø Is your family member ambulatory or in need of special services or equipment, such as a walker, wheelchair, or lift to maintain mobility?
  • Ø Is the condition progressive?  Keep future conditions in mind when you plan your remodeling project.  For example, a walker-bound person may eventually require the use of a wheelchair.  Be sure hallways and doors are wide enough to accommodate it and that he or she can easily reach and manipulate drawers, faucets, toilets, light switches, and other conveniences.

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